This is Max the Miniature Schnauzer.
Never thought I’d own a dog. It was my wife’s idea to get one. She’s a sly one, my wife. I’d refused to get one when she first suggested. Said they would shed and mess up the place. Then she started displaying library books on dogs on our dinner table. Naturally I picked up the books and started reading, and eventually I relented (she showed me which breeds didn’t shed, and what we could do to make them housetrained).
We even thought of the same name for the dog (though for different reasons).We went shopping for a dog soon after. I remember telling myself what a weird feeling it was — to shop for a “family member” (incidentally, I have this notion one should be prepared to treat your pet like a member of the family, i.e. give it love and care and not think that you have the option of throwing it away).
When people ask me if I’m a dog lover, I say I’m not. I just happen to like this particular one.